AHECWW is working with partners across the state to make it easier for healthcare students to map their academic pathway to certifications and degrees programs. The program goal is to expand access to experiential learning because there are shortages of healthcare professions across the board, and students in rural areas have not had equal access to health sciences education.

Partners include:

  • UW School of Medicine Service Learning
  • UW Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
  • UW Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)
  • AHEC Western Washington
  • Eastern Washington AHEC

The project includes two main components:

  • Pipeline mapping: Compiling data about all the career pathway programs and making it accessible
  • Pipeline Summits: Convening annual information-sharing events to link programs with eachother and with participants

AHECWW convened the first Pipeline Summit in November, 2017, and a second is scheduled for spring, 2018. Goals of the program include:

  • Link participants and volunteers to programs.
  • Encourage programs to work with neighbors and create opportunities for cooperation.
  • Identify both areas of overlap and where there are gaps in programming.
  • Improve data collection and measurement of the impact of pipeline programs
  • Research methods to track student outcomes

AHECWW is collaborating with technology non-profit “Data for Good” to develop a mobile app to enable students or volunteers to easily find programs in particular areas and streamline the process of identifying career pathways.